Tasty menu at Alcatraz federal prison in September 1946

Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary opened in 1933 on an island in the San Francisco Bay to house troublemakers from other prisons. It closed in 1963 and was replaced by a prison in Marion, Illinois. Here’s what was on the prisoners’ menu for September 3, 1946. Lunch appeared to be the big meal of the day:

Breakfast: Stewed prunes, bran flakes, fresh milk, sugar, orange roll. bread and coffee

Lunch: split pea soup, roast shoulder of pork, sage dressing, brown gravy, mashed potatoes, stewed corn, apple pie, bread & coffee with milk

Dinner: split pea soup, Boston baked beans, tomato catsup, beet & onion salad, canned pears, bread & coffee

See: “A vintage menu from Alcatraz, 1946” by Paolo Lucchesi on the SFGate website (2013)

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